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Another great Hurricane Sandy relief whisk(e)y tasting event – This Sunday, January 6th in Brooklyn, NY


Text below taken from the Avishai Schnapps Liquors Facebook event page.  This is an event you will not want to miss!  You may have heard me talk about Single Cask Nation.  We, along with 35+ other exhibitors will be there!


Whiskey Charity Event for Hurricane Sandy Victims

ALL Funds will go directly to families in Hurting by Hurricane Sandy.

All donations are tax deductible.

Must be over 21 years old.

Sunday, January 6, 2013 at 6:00pm till 9:30pm

Sephardic Lebanese Congregation
Kol Eliyahu Synagogue
805 Avenue T
Brooklyn, New York 11223

Entrance / Tax Deductible Donation
ENTRANCE – $45.00


*Limited editions, Vintage Editions, Whiskies of great age, Rare Whiskies
*Tasting of great Scotch, Bourbon, World whiskies, Gin & Vodkas
*Catered Kosher Food
*Live Music

Our hearts go out to all the people and their families who sustained damage due to Hurricane Sandy.

We at Schnapps Liquors spoke to many families that are suffering from Hurricane Sandy, and we decided to make a little difference in their LIVES!

Because of the Call for help that we are receiving from Hurricane victims, we decided to do this event to raise money for the affected areas of Sea Gate, Bel Harbor, Mill Basin, Far Rockaway and Bays Water to rebuild and move back into their homes.

Distilleries and brands at the event, while not limited to, are listed below:

Angel’s Envy
Bulldog Gin
Catoctin Creek
Chieftain’s Range
Compass Box
FEW Spirits
Four Roses Bourbon
Gordon MacPhail
Highland Park
High West
Hammer + Sickle vodka
Hirsch Selection
Hudson Real American Whiskeys
International Spirits & Wines
Jim Beam
Legend of Kremlin Vodka
Nikka Japanese Malt Whisky
Old Potrero
Purity Vodka
Reyka vodka
Single Cask Nation
Slieve Foy
Single Cask Nation
Smooth Ambler

Hope to see You There!!!


Bowmore’s Ultimate Islay Adventure!

So, who here likes winning stuff?

Bowmore is offering 2 winners the chance to win a 5-day visit to Islay where they (the winners) will experience the Scottish wilderness with a renowned adventurer, take in the spectacular scenery during a photography master class and enjoy VIP touring (and tasting!) at the Bowmore distillery. Full details and entry forms can be found on the Bowmore website and on the Bowmore Facebook page.

Note that to enter the competition you need to be part of Bowmore’s Inner Core (so, expect to sign up for that as part of the entry).

Do yourself a favor and enter to win the competition!!

More details for you (taken right from the Bowmore website):

“Islay is a majestic, weather beaten land combining natural beauty with the rugged outdoors and we want to give two of our friends from around the world the chance to explore our island home on the ultimate Bowmore adventure.

Along with our Brand Advocates Ken Hames and Colin Prior, the winners will enjoy a unforgettable five day trip to Islay, from surviving on an uninhabited island overnight to photographing majestic eagles at dawn, this trip will be the ultimate outdoor lovers adventure around Islay.

After experiencing all the outdoors can throw at you its back to the Bowmore distillery to enjoy your reward. Highlights of your trip will include:

•  Dawn Islay photography master class with Colin Prior

•  Construction of a hide with Ken Hames

•  An overnight expedition to the island of Scarba

•  Foraging for lunch 

•  VIP tour and an in-depth tasting at Bowmore including some very 

   special expressions”

Also, I’ll be running a competition myself giving away a “Bowmore Accessory Pack.”  Details to follow in the coming days…

Whisky. It’s…..ALIVE!! (and kicking “A” double scribble in Boston)

Shouted from the roof tops, for all to hear (hint: play the below clip):

And this is how I felt when I heard WhiskyLive was coming to Boston…  Me bursting with joy and excitement as Fredrick Frankenstein; my wife giving the same sort of confused look Peter Boyle’s monster character gave to Dr. Frankenstein in the above clip.

Comic and movie geeks are into Comic Con; Guitar players are hot for Guitar Shows; Quilters are into Paducah Quilt Show; we whisky geeks are into Whisky shows and I was particularly excited about first Annual WhiskyLive Boston because:

  • WhiskyLive tends to be a more open, relaxed and extremely manageable.
  • It was going to be in Boston – an easy 2 hour drive from my house.

So, did WhiskyLive deliver on its first year in Boston?  The simple answer is: yes.  But, why yes?

Firstly, as far as whisky shows go, this is one of the longest at 4.5 hours (if you get the VIP ticket, 3.5 hours for the standard ticket).  The extra time was particularly good for me as I was locked in traffic and didn’t get to the event until it was an hour and a half in.

My traffic woes aside, for those interested in attending some of the master classes, the extra time allows you to attend a couple of these classes without feeling like you’ve not had enough time on the tasting floor.  That is a good thing.

Being in Boston presented an added bonus: Sam Adams, being a Boston based brewery, had a “Bier Garten” at the show pouring some really interesting brews including their Utopias which is normally a $150/750ml bottle, bottled at 27%ABV!

As this was WhiskyLive’s first year in Boston, the show was, as expected, a bit smaller than their normal shows.  For me, that was just fine!  I like to have a chance to talk with the people behind the tables.  I’m there not just to taste whisky.  I’m there to learn.  Though the show (from a “number of tables” standpoint) was *slightly* smaller, this was a well attended show!  Lots of feet on the floor.  It’s quite obvious that Boston is a solid market for a good whisky festival and WhiskyLive seems to fit the bill quite nicely.

Let’s get to some of the whiskies that were new to me:

  • The Maltman Range – independently bottled whiskies, bottled at 46% ABV
  • Gordon & Macphail’s 21yo Mortlach (perhaps my favorite whisky of the evening)
  • Blackadder 15yo Blairfindy (this one gets the award for the oddest whisky.  Like drinking sausages but in a really, really good way)
  • Auchroisk 20yo
  • The Notch Single Malt from Nantucket (Hey, I heard a story about a guy from Nantucket once…)
  • Hudson 6yo Baby Bourbon (quite possibly the best American whiskey I had that night.  Scratch that, it *was* the best American Whiskey of the night.  Brilliant)
  • Balcones Texas Single Malt (odd, interesting and quite enjoyable)
  • Koval Dark Millet single grain whiskey (I love what these folks are doing with their various grain whiskies)

I did have more new whiskies that night but, in addition to all of my pictures getting wiped from my phone, I lost all of my notes from that evening (KHAAAAN!!!!)!

I need to point out something here.  Whisky aside, it was such a treat to have my friend and business partner, Jason Johnstone-Yellin, in town.  That crazy bugger flew up from Virginia to be at WhiskyLive (See??  We whisky geeks are CRAZY!).  I need to make some shout-outs, too:

  • The loveable genius clowns of Malt Impostor were in town for the show.  If you don’t know Malt Impostor, what’s wrong with you?!, I mean, you should!  Here’s a link.
  • There’s a gent I can not say enough about:  Bozkurt Bozzy Boz Karasu from *just* moved to Boston two days before WhiskyLive and was kind enough to lend his floor to Jason and I for the night.  Thank you Bozzy!  Hanging out was a ton of fun!  Thanks, too, for the great review of the Single Cask Nation 4yo Kilchoman bottling!
  • Fellow Connecticutian, Chris Reisbeck of Gordon & MacPhail.  It’s the first time we’ve met yet I feel we’ve known one another for at least… a week.  You’re a cool cat and I really enjoyed talking with you (and your Mortlach).
  • Ryan Maloney of Julio’s Liquors had a table and found, from somewhere, a bottle of the Loch and K(e)y bottling of a single barrel of Balvenie at the pour.  This is a bottling of legend, my friends.  A well chosen whisky that I only wish I had a bottle of!
  • Doug Stone of – yet another cool cat, I wish we had more time to talk!
  • Raj of Purple Valley Import – Congrats on winning the Icons of Whisky “Importer of the Year” award!!
  • Ewan Morgan.  I can not say enough about Ewan.  Here is a true whisky anorak, living the life as a Master of Whisky for Diageo.  He’s also cool as all hell and makes me laugh my “A” double scribble off.  I salute you good sir (and hope your finger is better.  If not, you can do some fine saluting yourself!).
  • Jeffery Connell – special thanks for the press pass and extending the discount to the readers of Jewmalt Whisky Reviews!
  • Gable Erenzo – I’ve said it in the past, you’re a charmer and fun as hell.  Plus, you and your dad know how to make whiskey!  Long live Hudson whiskey!  (Also, how can I get the other 52 gallons of 6yo Baby Boubon??)

All-in-all, I am quite happy I attended and super excited to have a show so close to me.

If you’ve not been to a whisky event before, I highly suggest a WhiskyLive event.  If you live in the Boston area (or within a few hours), I hope to see you there next year!  This time next year, I’ll be behind a table pouring Single Cask Nation whiskies!

Thanks again, Jeffery C!

Jewish Whisky Company’s Whisky Jewbilee 2012 event in NYC — it’s coming Thursday, October 25th!

Hosted by the Jewish Whisky Company and Single Cask Nation, the first annual charitable Whisky Jewbilee is fast approaching!!

For those unable to attend WhiskyFest NYC this year (due to it landing on Shabbat), this is your chance to taste some of Scotland, Ireland, and America’s finest whiskies.

Kosher catering by Ari White of Gemstone Catering, food under Star-K.

Click this link for more information and to buy tickets

This charitable whisky event engagement is limited to 250 attendees and is your chance to taste some fantastic whiskies (as shown below):

Distilleries and brands at the event, while not limited to, are listed below:

  • Arran
  • Balcones
  • BenRiach
  • Benromach
  • Catoctin Creek
  • Chieftain’s Range
  • Corsair
  • FEW Spirits
  • GlenDronach
  • Glenrothes
  • Gordon MacPhail
  • Highland Park
  • High West
  • Hirsch Selection
  • Hudson Real American Whiskeys
  • Kilchoman
  • Koval
  • Old Potrero
  • Single Cask Nation
  • Slieve Foy
  • Smokehead
  • Smooth Ambler
  • …plus more to be announced!!

The pouring list is still being developed, however, here is a preliminary list of whiskies:

10 years old
14 years old

Balcones True Blue Whisky
Balcones Single Malt
Balcones Brimstone Smoked Whisky

The BenRiach
10 years old
12 years old
16 years old
20 years old
Dark Rum Cask
PX Cask
**Alistair Walker is scheduled to be at the Whisky Jewbilee!

Catoctin Creek
Roundstone Rye
Mosby’s Spirit
Watershed Gin

Chieftain’s Range
Craigellachie 21 years old
Glen Keith 17 years old

Corsair Wry Moon Unaged Rye Whiskey
Corsair Triple Smoke

FEW Spirits
FEW Rye Whiskey
FEW Bourbon Whiskey
“Special cask selections”

12 years old
15 years old
18 years old
33 years old
**Alistair Walker is scheduled to be at the Whisky Jewbilee!

The Glenrothes
Select Reserve
Alba Reserve
1995 Vintage
1988 Vintage
Editors Cask
…maybe others
**Ronnie Cox is scheduled to be at the Whisky Jewbilee!

Gordon and MacPhail
Benromach 10 years old
Benromach 30 years old
Highland Park 24 years old
Old Pulteney 21 years old
Scapa 11 years old
Tormore 15 years old

Highland Park
Highland Park 12 years old
Highland Park 15 years old
Highland Park 18 years old
Highland Park 30 years old

High West
Double Rye
Rendezvous Rye
Son of Bourye
Campfire Whiskey
Silver Whiskey – Western Oat
American Prairie Reserve Bourbon
“Something special”

Hirsch and Slieve Foy
Hirsch Small Batch Reserve
Slieve Foy Irish 8 years old Single Malt

Hudson Real American Whiskeys
New York Corn Whiskey
Baby Bourbon
Four Grain Bourbon
Hudson Single Malt
Manhattan Rye Whiskey
Half Moon Orchard Gin

Jewish Whisky Company’s Single Cask Nation™
Arran 12 years old
Kilchoman 4 years old
BenRiach Heavily Peated 17 years old

Machir Bay
100% Islay (2nd Edition)

Koval Raksi Millet
Koval Midwest Wheat
Koval Rye Chicago
Lion’s Pride Rye
Lion’s Pride Dark Rye
Lion’s Pride Dark Millet
Lion’s Pride 47th Ward
Koval Rose Hip liqueur
Koval Chrysanthemum Honey liqueur
Koval Ginger liqueur
Koval Coffee liqueur
Koval Jasmin liqueur

Old Potrero
Old Potrero 18th Cetury Rye
Old Potrero Straight Rye


Smooth Ambler
Smooth Ambler Yearling
Smooth Ambler Bourbon
Smooth Ambler Rye
This is a charitable event with a portion of the evening’s proceeds being donated to charity.

WhiskyLive comes to Boston on September 22, 2012 and I’ve got a 20% discount code for you!


Most discount codes to WhiskyLive are around 10%.  It’s true.  I don’t think I’ve ever been able to offer more than that.

So, how was I able to squeeze out a 20% discount code for Boston.  If I told you, I’d have to kill you and I don’t want to kill you because I *really, really* like you!!  Let’s just say I know a guy…

September 22nd, 2012 is WhiskyLive’s first entry into the Boston market.  I can tell you, Boston needs a whisky show and it’s nice that WhiskyLive is able to fill this big void.

I am looking forward to attending this great show and hope to see some of you there.

Here’s my mug (in case you want to stop me to say “Hi!”):
“So, how do I get this discount?” you ask.  Easy.  When ordering your ticket on the WhiskyLive website, just be sure to use the discount/voucher code of “jewmalt” (case sensitive, BTW).

Here are your ticket options:

VIP Entrance Ticket – $139 (5PM to 10PM)

Entrance to Whisky Live Boston plus Whisky Live Glencairn tasting glass, show guide, full buffet, 14 vouchers and access to the show from 5:00pm. Ticket also includes a 1 year subscription to Whisky Magazine.

Standard Ticket – $109 (6:30PM TO 10PM)

Entrance to Whisky Live Boston plus Whisky Live Glencairn tasting glass, show guide, full buffet, 8 vouchers and access to the show from 6:30pm.

Designated driver tickets available for VIP $105, Evening $85

Entrance to Whisky Live Boston plus Whisky Live show guide, full buffet. Souvenir Whisky Live Glencairn tasting glass to be given when leaving the event.

Details on Masterclasses


7:00pm – MC2 – CLASSIC MALTS

Diageo Single Malts: Oban, Talisker, Lagavulin
Hosted by Gregor Cattanach


Why such a BIG deal about small barrels?
Why such a BIG deal about small barrels? Is BIGGER better? Isn’t better subjective? Spend some time with Tuthilltown’s former Head Distiller and current Hudson Whiskey Ambassador, Gable Erenzo, to explore the benefits and pitfalls, the do’s and dont’s of small barrel maturation. SCIENTIFIC FINDINGs will be presented and free flow conversation welcomed.

8:15pm – MC4 – THE GLENLIVET

The Glenlivet
Craig Bridger will lead guests through a sampling journey that covers the core range of The Glenlivet, The Single Malt that Started it All. Participants will be educated on the brand’s unique history while going through an aroma exercise to help simplify the main flavor components of single malt.